On Saturday Rockenfeller advanced from position nine on the grid to fourth place, quickly catching up with the three leading BMW but unable to overtake Maxime Martin in position three. “Starting from ninth, you can’t expect a lot – especially here at Zandvoort where overtaking is very difficult. I was stuck behind the BMW cars almost throughout the race and had a tough time with them.”
The situation on Sunday was similar. At the start the 2013 DTM Champion improved from sixth to second place and, following his pit stop, closed the gap to front runner Marco Wittmann but was not able to overtake him. “Like yesterday, I was stuck in the transmission of a BMW and was hoping for Marco to make a mistake or for his tyres to degrade more than mine. But that wasn’t the case,” said ‘Rocky’.
After the original winner, Marco Wittmann, was excluded from the classification due to a breach of rules Rockenfeller was able to celebrate the maximum number of points for first place after all. “Inheriting a victory retroactively is not the same as clinching one on the race track. But the rules are like this and, obviously, I don’t mind taking home the additional points. For the team it’s fantastic that Loïc (Duval) finished on podium as well.”
The French DTM rookie showed a strong performance throughout the weekend. After having been the fastest driver in the DTM for the first time in the morning’s free practice, he advanced in the race from position 13 on the grid to third place and set the fastest lap as well. Clinching his first points and first podium were the deserved reward. Position three retroactively even became second place.